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Cinta Verde is a gem, surrounded by lucious cloud forest with crystal clear, ice cold rivers coursing down from the towering mountains above. The only problem is that those rivers swell during the rainy season just like the river in Jicaro, isolating over 300 people (175 of whom are children) from reaching Esquipulas and/or the elementary school (where classes are …

Mission Accomplished

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Once all the cross beams were placed we turned to laying the deck boards. The wood we bought was too strong to penetrate with nails or screws (a testament to how  long our bridge will last) and we quickly realized we would need more drill bits for predrilling. Ian agreed to make the trip to Matagalpa to buy them since …

Continental Crossings: Crossing Canyons with Cables

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The accelerant needed two days to cure so we took a break from the bridge on Wednesday and Thursday. I went to Esquipulas on Wednesday to order the wood for the bridge while the rest of the team stayed in Jicaro to climb the giant mountain we live under and enjoy a refreshing swim at a nearby swimming hole. On …

Anchors Accomplished

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Tuesday was the day we needed to pour our second anchor, fresh from Managua with the rest of our accelerant, so of course it rained all day. We built a tent and dug drainage canals around the anchor to keep out the water and poured anyway. It went surprisingly well until we ran out of cement. We we had used …

It’s All About Acceleration

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Ian and I returned to site on Thursday morning with jackhammers in hand and the greatly accelerated the excavation process. That being said, it still took two full days of body-wrenching jackhammering to finish. Yes, it took two full days to excavate just a few more centimeters. This rock is STRONG! So strong, in fact, that nothing will ever be …

Rabies and Rising Rivers

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The game has changed. We returned to Esquipulas after our Mother’s Day vacation in Matagalpa to find a challenge that the community of Jicaro is all too familiar with. It had rained the last three days straight and the river was up so we couldn’t get back to our home in the village. We were told it might go down …

Foundations Done After First Week at Zoo

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The team’s first week on the ground has been exceptionally successful. They are all such hard workers and I’m very proud to call myself part of this Continental Crossings team.   Last Thursday they had their first look at our site after a bus ride from Managua and we got straight to work setting up our cable car with Milosz …

Safe and Sound 5/23

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The rest of the team arrived safely last night and we are all safe and sound at a backpacker here in Managua. Shortly we will enjoy a breakfast of fresh Nicaraguan fruit before taking the bus to Esquipulas. The plan is for Milosz and Brandon to arrive around 1:00 to help us construct the cable car we will use to …

Foundation Tier and Arkansas Pandas 5/22

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Sam and Chepe arrived on the bus shortly after lunch on Monday and we headed straight for Jicaro to squeeze in a half day of work. There was a large group of workers from the community waiting for us. Luckily some of them were already on the other side of the canyon, which meant we could throw a rock with …

Nica Update 5/19

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I had the good fortune of running into some fellas working with Bridges to Prosperity in Matagalpa last night. We had a great time talking bridge stuff late into the night. I also got to spend time with Ryan Hubbard on Friday night, which is always a blast. Ryan is the Peace Corps member who we lived with last summer …